The Cape Town community is shocked by the tragic incident where a young man died after he followed robbers who had allegedly stolen a cell phone from a restaurant on Monday, August 3.

Braden Cannoo, an employee at Jakes Restaurant in Tokai, went after the vehicle of the suspects who had stolen the cell phone.

Robbers entered the restaurant and posed as customers but instead stole a cell phone, according to the owner of the restaurant, David Ellis. Cannoo then tried to get the phone back as they ran off.

“We had a petty theft incident within Jakes where the posing customers stole a cell phone. A young waiter (Braden Cannoo) was immediately informed by another customer. Braden responded by following them out to their car. He jumped on the bonnet and they proceeded to race off at high speed through the Steenberg village parking,” Ellis explains.

“He unfortunately slipped under the car and got stuck. The car sped towards the reddam/consulate traffic circle where he was eventually freed from under the car and succumbed to his injuries. Very tragic and sad,” Ellis concluded.

Tributes and condolences poured in on social media. His girlfriend, Nina Devlin, posted to a local Facebook group, Lakeside Community:

“He died a hero. He was 22 years old, born on 07/11/97. He was a Wynberg boy. He was working part-time as a waiter at Jakes, Steenberg while studying Industrial Engineering. He was the kindest most compassionate person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He was jokingly referred to as a ‘mother’ because he was always caring for anyone and everyone,” Devlin wrote.

“He always did absolutely ANYTHING to help a person in need, even give his life. The world has lost a truly beautiful human being. He was my best friend, my first love and my heart for 4.5 years. I love you, Braden Cannoo. Forever and forever, no matter what, just as we promised.”

There is no news of any arrests made as of yet.

Picture: Facebook/Braden Cannoo

 

Article written by

Anita Froneman